NaNoWriMo 2018 – days 3 & 4

The plan always was to work yesterday, and take today off as my first day off. Then the plan changed because the weather was supposed to be nicest yesterday. We were going to go out for the day. Then that plan changed as well and we decided to stay in. However, I decided to keep... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2018 – day 2

Day 2 and I'm still planning a bit while writing a bit, although my word-count did go up quite considerably this morning. NaNoWriMo is my first "job" of the day. Whether I'm planning or writing, it's the first thing to get my attention, after about an hour of admin/household stuff. The day before yesterday I... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2018 begins

And so it begins again ... I was a little late to the party this year. For the past few years I've been ready to go by the end of play on 31 October. This year, I finished most of the prep at around 1:30pm today. Eek! When I say prep, I mean my Scrivener... Continue Reading →

Book review: I Never Lie

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. I Never Lie, Jody Sabral Thanks to NetGalley and to Canelo for an advance copy of I Never Lie by Jody Sabral. First of all I'd like to say how much I enjoyed the concept behind this story. I think the whole... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo rules, OK

About a year ago ... actually, exactly a year ago, I was preparing for NaNoWriMo 2017. I had a book contract under my belt for A History of Cadbury and I'd learnt how to use Scrivener. During NaNo I wrote that book and spent the following months (between other work) editing it, polishing it, submitting it,... Continue Reading →

Book review: The Way of All Flesh

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry Thanks to NetGalley and to Canongate Books for an advance copy of The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry. This is the debut historical crime novel from the team behind Ambrose Parry, Chris Brookmyre... Continue Reading →

Clearing the decks

Before I start, please hop on over to the alphabet adventurers to see the latest post. There's still time to enter a competition there, with a closing date of midnight (UK time) this coming Friday, 28 September. It's been a while since I published a to-do list. This is mostly due to me trying to... Continue Reading →

Book review: Stop Dieting and Lose Weight

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Stop Dieting and Lose Weight, Philip Swart Thanks to NetGalley and to Troubador Publishing for an advance copy of Stop Dieting and Lose Weight by Philip Swart. I thought this book was packed full of interesting and useful information. My particular favourite... Continue Reading →

Book review: Touch the Silence

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Touch the Silence, Gloria Cook Thanks to NetGalley and to Canelo for an advance copy of Touch the Silence, by Gloria Cook. This book was first published by Severn House in 2003 and was republished in 2018. It's the first in the... Continue Reading →

Domestic weekend

We manged to have another weekend off, an entire weekend to ourselves without any obligations to anyone else. And we got quite a lot of work done too, both around the house and on creative stuff. On Friday evening, the poet continued to edit the 'G' is for ... video for the alphabet adventurers. By... Continue Reading →

A good writing day

Despite the recent difficulties I've been having regarding finding a new paperback publisher, yesterday turned out to be a good writing day. My working days are clearly split into two now, with "my work" for 3 hours in the morning and "client work" for 3 hours in the afternoon. The rest of the (working) day... Continue Reading →

It’s all so complicated!

The news that Amazon's CreateSpace is being swallowed up by Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing spurred me into action yesterday, a little. The first thing I did was contact KDP with a few questions. While I awaited their reply, I set about researching an alternative. CreateSpace was always the paperback arm of Amazon's self-publishing platform. KDP... Continue Reading →

Temporary change of plan

Due to the changes at Amazon CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, my plans have changed slightly for the next few days. Well, they've changed completely. I don't think KDP is as good as CreateSpace. I don't think it's as easy to use. I don't think it looks as professional. And it looks as though it... Continue Reading →

Organised again

I've been a bit overwhelmed with trying to catch up with work again, but I think I finally reached a balance once more. The past week in particular has been busy - as usual. I've not had a single idle day, though, and I'm looking forward to the week ahead. On Monday I caught up... Continue Reading →

Book review: Killing It

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Killing It, Asia Mackay Thanks to NetGalley and to Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of Killing It, the debut novel by Asia Mackay. Meet Lex Tyler, licensed to kill and the new James Bond. But this special agent is different in... Continue Reading →

Book review: Falling Short

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Falling Short, Lex Coulton Thanks to NetGalley and to John Murray Press for an advance copy of Falling Short, the debut novel by Lex Coulton. Unfortunately, I didn't like it. At all. And it certainly wasn't funny - in my opinion. Instead... Continue Reading →

New reading badge

In May I joined NetGalley. This is where authors and publishers may list their books, for a fee, which are then requested by professional readers and reviewers who, if accepted, review the book(s).  Fiction and non-fiction. I joined as a reader/reviewer. The readers/reviewers are selected by the publisher/author based on: the requester's biography, where they post... Continue Reading →

Diary of a novel: The Beast Within

Here's another new feature for Words Worth Writing, but one that has been well-received in the past, so it's really being resurrected for the latest project. I've decided that my next project will be The Beast Within: a Marcie Craig mystery. When I hauled out my folders for this project last weekend, I was mortified to... Continue Reading →

Logging time, and a thunderstorm

The time-logging app worked on Monday, very well - to an extent. So too did the "no housework" thing. I say to an extent, because on Monday afternoon we had a thunderstorm. Only a little one. There was one distant rumble ... and then the internet dropped out. It took several hours to re-set itself... Continue Reading →

Book review: Mardi Gras Murder

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Mardi Gras Murder, Ellen Byron Thanks to NetGalley and to Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron. This is the fourth in the series from the Cajun Country mysteries, but the first I've read of... Continue Reading →

Book review: Crime and Punctuation

This is a new feature on Words Worth Writing, in association with NetGalley. Crime & Punctuation, Kaitlyn Dunnett Thanks to NetGalley and to Kensington Books for an advance copy of Crime & Punctuation by Kaitlyn Dunnett. This was the first in a new series, Deadly Edits. The story follows the main character Mikki after her... Continue Reading →


When I tell people that I'm busy, I really do mean it. I'm not lying, or avvin a larf, or making it up. I really, really am busy. We were talking about this at the weekend - while we were out running errands. Yes, even on the weekend, our "time off", we were busy. We're... Continue Reading →

Thanks for listening, Cosmos

Yes! The Cosmos listened. At last. After several rain dances, we finally had our storm yesterday evening, overnight and this morning. And there's more to come. The rainwater is sitting on the ground surface between showers, but it's going into the ground eventually. We had several storm-bangers, which the dog didn't appreciate very much, and... Continue Reading →

Back in the Saddle

It's been a bit intense, but I'm starting to make some calm out of the muddle that was my backlog of work. I've caught up on a few things, dabbled in some new projects and continued fielding phone calls. The biggest job this week is the editing job for lovely already client. But I'm on... Continue Reading →

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